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28 Aug 2019

Getting accredited

A view of the Hill House Box seen from the garden on a bright sunny day.
The Hill House Box
At number 80 on our 100 Ways list, we’re celebrating the Hill House receiving museum accreditation.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ‘domestic masterpiece’ – the Hill House in Helensburgh – has gained official museum accreditation for the first time. 

The Museum Accreditation Scheme is the UK industry standard for museums and galleries and is assessed by Museums Galleries Scotland in conjunction with Arts Council England, the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Museums Council. It’s a benchmark that recognises how museums are run, how the collections are managed and how the venue engages with audiences.

A view looking down on the Hill House from one of the rooftop walkways inside the box
A view of the Hill House from inside the box

The Hill House accreditation makes it our tenth property to be recognised in this way. Other Trust properties already holding the accreditation are Culloden, Culross Palace, House of Dun, Fyvie Castle, Broughton House, Pollok House, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Brodick Castle and Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage

The application process was conducted over 12 months, with the final inspection taking place as the Hill House reopened to the public in June. This was after the installation of the chainmail ‘box’, part of a radical conservation project, that surrounds the property to protect it from the elements.

Visitors view the exterior of the Hill House from a walkway inside the protective box.
Visitors view the Hill House from inside the protective box

Explaining the significance of the accreditation, David Hopes, Head of Collections and Interiors said: ‘By becoming an accredited museum we’re able to borrow items more easily and apply for funding. It also opens the door for the collection to be recognised as being of National Significance, a scheme which is only open to accredited museums.’

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“The award shows that the Hill House has reached certain standards in terms of how it’s managed, how we look after the collection, and how we make the property accessible to the public. It also means we can make a claim to own any archaeology found in the vicinity. ”
David Hopes
Head of Collections and Interiors

David continued: ‘It’s always a long process gaining accreditation but it’s definitely worth it. We’ve got a good variety of properties that we’ve put forward for the scheme over the years in terms of location and property type. They’ve all got strong research interest and support and really show the breadth of what we do at the Trust to safeguard these places for future generations.’